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ADJUSTING REAR SHOES

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, Jan 21, 2003.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    How do you adjust the rear shoes on a 10bolt (drum)?
    I was told u turn some hex key untill it starts to drag but I dont see anything like that.
     
  2. Burt4x4

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    Duno about yer 10bolt but most drum brakes you simply adjust the bottom wheel/spreader so the shoes are making the drum slide on kinda stiff then you lossin the spreader about a full turn then put the drums on and tires now drive in reverse while hitting the brakes 2-5 times and your all set....
    Good Luck
     
  3. txbluethunder

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    there's an adjustment link on the bottom. its a spurred circle rubbing against a spring loaded piece of metal. just take a straight edge screw driver and rotate the spurrs making it click and test fit the drum. when it slides on nice and tight but you can still turn it you done.
     
  4. MilpitasK5

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    If there's no hex thing to turn, it should be self-adjusing. Just throw it in reverse for about 20 ft. and apply the brakes.
    Do it as many times as it takes...

    If anyone can correct me or add to this, please do as I was given this method about a year and half ago.
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  5. txbluethunder

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    that normally works but if they are frozen up or too far out of adjustment then sometimes you've got to get them started by hand.
     

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